Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Hammertoe, a condition in which one of your toes bends down at the first joint, can be painful and may make walking difficult. If you suffer from hammertoe, you probably also have trouble wearing any shoes with an enclosed toe. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, the podiatric physicians including Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, can diagnose and treat hammertoe quickly and efficiently. Don’t hesitate to call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Hammertoe Q & A

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a deformity in which a toe bends sharply down from the first joint, making an inverted "V" shape when you view it from the side. Hammertoe may affect any toe but is uncommon in the big toe. 

The two kinds of hammertoe are: 

Flexible hammertoe

With flexible hammertoe, you can move your toe at the first joint but it's not comfortable to flatten it out. 

Rigid hammertoe

In rigid hammertoe, your joint is completely immobile because the tendons have grown very tight, causing the joint to shift out of place. Flexible hammertoe may progress to rigid hammertoe without treatment.

Hammertoe can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient, but fortunately, it's a very treatable condition.

Am I at-risk for hammertoe?

Hammertoe may affect anyone but is most common in all of the following situations.


You can inherit a tendency to develop hammertoe from your parents.

Female sex

Women develop hammertoe more often than men, and its incidence increases with age in both sexes. 

Poor footwear choices

Poor footwear choices can increase your risk of hammertoe. High-heeled shoes or any other shoes that have a tight toe box can compress your toes and could raise the risk of hammertoe.


Arthritis is a risk factor for hammertoe because it causes joint changes and disrupts the balance within your toes. 

Foot trauma

Foot trauma, like stubbing your toe, can lead to hammertoe.

Although you can't always prevent hammertoe, smart footwear choices and good foot care can often help. 

How is hammertoe treated?

Hammertoe treatment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists depends on your particular symptoms and which kind of hammertoe you're experiencing. Treatment options may include:

  • Footwear change to large toe box shoes
  • Custom orthotics to balance your foot
  • Foot exercises to strengthen your toes

If you have rigid hammertoe, you'll typically need surgery to realign your toe joint and restore proper ligament balance. The experienced podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists have many years of experience in treating hammertoe with both conservative and surgical approaches, so they can help you recover fully. 

Get hammertoe relief by calling either Family Foot & Ankle Specialists office or using the online booking tool now.